Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 31, 2017

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” – “they have stopped giving heed to the Lord” – “So the people without understanding are ruined.”

Today’s devotion comes from Hosea chapter 4.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hosea+4&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel,
For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land,
Because there is no faithfulness or kindness
Or knowledge of God in the land.
2 There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery.
They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Therefore the land mourns,
And everyone who lives in it languishes
Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky,
And also the fish of the sea disappear.

4 Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof;
For your people are like those who contend with the priest.
5 So you will stumble by day,
And the prophet also will stumble with you by night;
And I will destroy your mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.

7 The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me;
I will change their glory into shame.
8 They feed on the sin of My people
And direct their desire toward their iniquity.
9 And it will be, like people, like priest;
So I will punish them for their ways
And repay them for their deeds.
10 They will eat, but not have enough;
They will play the harlot, but not increase,
Because they have stopped giving heed to the Lord.”  Hosea 4:1-10.

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One would think that because of the shocking guiltiness of the sins, there were be no statement of a seemingly innocent cause for the sins and the people’s destruction.

What more needs to said to justify the destruction of the people for their swearing, deception, murder, stealing, adultery, and violence?!

“There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery.
They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.”  Verse 2.

And yet, we see repeated similar seemingly innocent cause for the sins and the people’s destruction.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. …”  Verse 6.

“… they have stopped giving heed to the Lord.”  Verse 10.

“… So the people without understanding are ruined.”  Verse 14.

Therefore, lack of knowledge, although it may seem innocent, is not innocent.  It is the cause for sins and people’s destruction.

Even when there is a zeal for God, such zeal without knowledge is not sufficient for salvation.

“For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.  For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.”  Romans 11:2-3.

Jesus said both in Matthew 15:9 and Mark 7:7:  ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’”

Jesus also stated in John 4:23-24:  “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;  for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Jesus also stated in John 16:13:  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; …”

There are those who “did not receive the love of truth so as to be saved”.  2 Thessalonians 2:10-13.

Therefore, we should seek wisdom with all of our heart like one searches for hidden treasure.

“4 If you seek her (wisdom) as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.”  Proverbs 2:4-5.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again;  and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”  Matthew 7:44.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  Matthew 13:45-46.

If we are to so seek for wisdom with all of our heart like one who searches for hidden treasures, how much more should we seek the true doctrine of salvation with all of our heart!!!

Scripture warns us to not be complacent about our salvation.

“AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS ARE SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?”  1 Peter 4:18.

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”  Matthew 7:5.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14.

Other doctrine is a broad teaching that God loves everybody and Christ died for everybody and that it is up to man to decide whether he will be saved by works or wisdom or even just the will to be saved and that man can control providing what he thinks is necessary for salvation.

But, Reformed Doctrine is a narrow teaching that God loves only His elect and that Christ only died for God’s elect and it is only up only to God to provide all that is necessary for salvation.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:14.


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